Hello Ruth,Hi Does anyone have any old photos of people who went to the Silver Blades ice rink between 1972 and 1975 use to go there 5 nights a week use to go to Richmond ice rink with the mowhawks Malie Power was in the team and My best friend was Linda Carrington.
Didnt Dave took over when Tosh left? I use to work in skatehire as well. use to help the old chap who use to work in the gents side his name was Bill, Clive was down the ladies side. then there was Ethel the accountant who use to bring her dog in early Sat morning I had to make both her and the dog a very weak and milky tea, I did night security at the weekends, I use to skate all night. Those were the good old days. We form a group called the flying aces and use to go to a different ice rink at least once a month. Clive use to head that one up. Had a go at racing with the bham mowharks, use to race in the B team. Wed night was couch party night which mean the ice would turn to a swimming pool by the end of the second speed session. thats when we use to go wild and sprayed everyone. If you went home dry after a wed night session you certainly didnt have a good time. The figure of 8 was deadly especially when those inexperience skaters got on there with the blue boots and use to be going the wrong way since they didnt have a clue what was going on. I remember we use to have tug of war on the ice when Kevin was doing the djing just before the speed, think this was on a Sat night. And Spanner was a redcoat at the time, I wonder what ever happen to him. Ahh the fire exits:adoration: I think I better not say anything about that, lets just say lovely memoriesI worked for alot of years (1980's till 1988) at silver blades before i moved to the U.S. I first was a red coat then i went to to the skate hire and then i became the zamboni driver and taking care of the ice & rink. I have alot of good memories, The speed session, The figure 8, I also played iceball if anyone remembers that game, And hockey for the birmingham eagles. It was sad to see the photos of the rink now.
Thanks OldMohawk. I think my dad must have started at Spring Hill and moved to Silver Blades as I do remember him talking about both now you have said the name. I have looked at the photos but will need to get a magnifying glass to see if I can spot him in any of the ice dance team photos. It's frustrating that i can't ask him for more information.Hello Addy - Welcome to the forum.
There was an ice dance club at Silver Blades but this rink did not open until the early 1960s so if it was the 1950s your late dad remembered it might have been at the original Spring Hill Ice Rink which had a very active ice dance club. Silver Blades had a barrel jumping team which I imagine had a few falls and crashes. There are some photos of the Spring Hill ice dance club amongst a collection of photos in another thread click/here
used to go the blades nearly every night in the 74 76 period except tues n thurs when it was closed if my memory serves me right was the womans speed im on fire by 5000 volts the djs then were kevin king and rod toms good old days my friend was kim ferran god was she fast she had a sister named julie and a brother called tony shame to see the state its now in
There are quite a few skating pics in this thread, as a start have a look at the link below .... you should be able to see them, just click on the small thumbnail pics. There is also a large pic of the outside of the ice rink in the second link. Click on the links to see.for any photos of silver bladesplease help